Beto O’Rourke participated in the September Democratic Debate on Thursday, September 13, and had a strong showing. However, while he was on the stage, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 128 Briscoe Cain decided to take a shot at O’Rourke that was less than flattering.
After O’Rourke commented about gun violence, Cain decided to make a threat.
“If the high impact, high velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body, because it was designed to do that, so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield and not be able to get up and kill one of our soldiers,” O’Rourke said. “When we see that being used against children, and in Odessa, I met the mother of a 15-year-old girl who was shot by an AR-15, and that mother watched her bleed to death over the course of an hour because so many other people were shot by that AR-15 in Odessa and Midland, there weren’t enough ambulances to get to them in time, hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
Then, Cain chimed in with a terrible tweet.
“My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” he said in a since deleted tweet.
Of course, O’Rourke captured the image.
“This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else,” O’Rourke said.
This is a death threat, Representative. Clearly, you shouldn't own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else. pic.twitter.com/jsiZmwjMDs
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 13, 2019
After O’Rourke called him out, Briscoe responded with: “You’re a child Robert Francis.”
Beto addressed the threat after the debate.
Responding to Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain saying "My AR is ready for you" @BetoORourke says "I think it;s a really irresponsible thing for him to do… we are a nation of laws and if that (mandatory buyback) ends up becoming the law.. we expect people to comply w/ it" pic.twitter.com/Z5eUTMYTK2
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) September 13, 2019
“I think it’s a really irresponsible thing for him to do, especially somebody who is a public servant and in a position of public trust to be sending that kind of message to this country. We are a nation of laws, and if that ends up becoming the law of the United States of America, then we expect the people of this country to comply with it,” O’Rourke said.
Even representatives know how to make terrible decisions on social media.